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Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

Apple Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

For a fun sweet treat that's certain to satisfy, try this recipe. Drizzled with icing, each finger-licking piece has a yummy surprise filling of apples and pecans. It's well worth the bit of extra effort. —Carolyn Gregory, Hendersonville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4-1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Add 2 tablespoons butter, egg, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 2. Combine the apple, pecans, cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside. Punch dough down; divide in half. Cut each half into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, pat or roll out each piece into a 2-1/2-in. circle. Place 1 teaspoon apple mixture in center of circle; pinch edges together and seal, forming a ball. Dip in remaining butter.
  • 3. In a greased 10-in. tube pan, place 16 balls, seam side down; sprinkle with 1/4 cup apple mixture. Layer remaining balls; sprinkle with remaining apple mixture. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over warm bread. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 248 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Apple Pull-Apart Bread

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apopsicle User ID: 5289520 23173
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"WONDERFUL recipe. I'd give it more stars if I could. This has become a favorite within our house and with anyone we've shared it with. I don't even have to use the glaze any more."

Hubbylove User ID: 7446616 58556
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"AMAZING! Time consuming, but definitely worth it. Thanks for the reviews ladies...definitely double up on the filling. LOVED it"

mreusser User ID: 3391669 22405
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"So delicious smelling and tasting. Ummmm!"

chefmis31 User ID: 3614083 50401
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"We love this! I double the filling, we like it better that way."

ndwd User ID: 2012428 47614
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times and it is still one of my favourite go to recipes. The only thing I would recommend is to double the filling because there never seems to be enough"

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